The history and aspirations of the second largest minority in America
Chicano Manifesto, the seminal book on Chicanismo and the Chicano Movement, is now available in a 50th Anniversary Edition. By coincidence, Armando Rendón, the author, is also the publisher as CEO and Executive Director of the Somos en escrito Literary Foundation Press, the publishing house Rendón launched in 2016.
“I never could have envisioned that I’d be around to see a reprint of Manifesto a half century after it first came out but I’m not complaining. My intent is that new generations of Mexican Americans join with the elder Chicanas and Chicanos to face the next 50 years with a plan, with commitment to preserving and enhancing la cultura Chicana.”
Care to comment? In Chicano Manifesto’s pages, you can meet the figures who evoked the idea of a revolution of ideas, aspirations and recognition of an identity which had been suppressed for generations – the Chicano, which is a Mexican American with an attitude, with a national character as in “Mexican American nation,” and aware of the awesome challenge facing la raza as we confront the next half-century. Anyone who read the book when it was first published by Macmillan Company in 1971, or since then and wishes to reflect on its effects on their lives then and through the years, the ideas that stuck with them, how they see the future for Chicanismo is urged to send a brief commentary to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put the word, Manifesto, in the subject box.
Commentaries will be selected for publication in Somos en escrito Magazine as part of the 50th anniversary observance.
Ask for 50th Anniversary Edition of Chicano Manifesto at your local bookstore. You can purchase Chicano Manifesto from our store:
This year's Extra Fiction contest was very close, we had many great submissions. The judge Ernest Hogan has chosen the winners from the five finalists:
1st place: "Attack of Las Quetas" by Toni Margarita Plummer
2nd place: "Beast of Cabo Rojo" by Arnaldo Lopez Jr.
3rd place: "Sacred Evolution" by Carmen Baca
Honorary Mentions: "la guadaña amorosa" by Samir Sirk Morató "I Migrated to the US to Escape a Demon" by Javier Loustaunau
Thanks to everyone who submitted and to those who shared the announcement. The editors and judge loved reading these stories and hope to encourage all to write and submit their stories, extra fiction or otherwise.
Stay tuned for the publication of the finalist stories here on Somos en escrito.
We at Somos en escrito Literary Foundation Press are pleased to announce Postcards from a PostMexican by Alvaro Ramirez won bronze at the International Latino Book Awards. Specifically, The Victor Villaseñor Best Latino Focused Nonfiction Book Award – English.
Congratulations to Alvaro! If you would like to purchase Postcards from a PostMexcian, head to this link here at our Somos en ecrito store. Buying from us helps us publish more award winning books like Postcards from a PostMexican.
POETRY READING featuring Iván Argüelles & Kai Sugioka-Stone at The Musical Offering 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley (510) 849-0211
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Bay Area born, Kai Sugioka-Stone, is a second generation poet. His mother Kimi Sugioka is currently the Poet Laureate of Alameda Island. Kai is prolific already, and a veteran of many public readings. His evolving style touches on various themes, Buddhist concepts, interpersonal relationships, and the human condition.
Innovative Mexican-American poet Iván Argüelles is the author of many books, including: “That” Goddess, Madonna Septet, Comedy, Divine, The, Fiat Lux, Orphic Cantos, Tamazunchale, HOIL, and others. Born 1939 in Rochester MN, he has lived variously in Mexico DF, Chicago, New York, Macerata Italy, and Berkeley CA. A retired librarian, he was employed by the New York Public Library and The Library of the University of California at Berkeley. His collection, Looking for Mary Lou, received the 1989 William Carlos Williams Award from the poetry Society of America. Argüelles earned the Before Columbus Foundation's American Book Award in 2010. His recently published volume of poetry is entitled THE BLANK PAGE, from Sagging Meniscus Press.
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JOIN US in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Chicano Manifesto
In November 2021, Somos en escrito will observe the 50th year of the publication of Chicano Manifesto, authored by the founder and editor of Somos en Escrito Magazine, with the second reprint of the seminal classic on Chicanismo.
We invite persons who read the book when it was released by Macmillan Company in 1971 and in the following years and decades to recount the impact of the book on themselves, what they learned from the book that guided them through the years, and a word about the importance of preserving Mexican American history and culture for future generations.
Email your comments to email@example.com. Commentaries will be published in a special feature in the magazine upon publication of the reprint.
The workshops are free for GSHA members or $10 per session. Karen welcomes all skill levels to this workshop intended to generate writing and have an opportunity to reflect on our ancestors. Workshops will be conducted over Zoom on the fourth Sunday of the month, 2pm to 4pm PST. You don't need to have written anything or have read anything beforehand.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up and for more information. Karen S. Córdova was born in Colorado and has deep roots both in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico. Much of her writing reflects love of her heritage by weaving stories about la gente of the Southwest.
Karen participates in formal spoken word performances across the United States. She is proud to have participated in the 2010 Festival de Flor y Canto at USC and many ekphrasis events—collaborations of poets, visual artists, and performing artists. Karen curated her inaugural show, Ekphrasis: Sacred Stories of the Southwest, in May 2014, at OBLIQ Art in Phoenix, AZ.
*correction, the webinar will start at 3pm Pacific Time.
Join the MeXicanos 2070 Webinar Series on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021 at 3pm PST.
The webinar will be a performance of Mexican American poets outside our traditional bounds of the southwest, as representative of Chicanos' presence across the nation. This renowned line up will be reading in celebration of Diez y Seis, El Grito, the day of Mexican Independence.
Click below to see the live performance on Facebook. https://fb.me/e/2FSjKgELC
The line up: Xánath Caraza is a traveler, educator, poet, short story writer, and translator. She writes for La Bloga, and Revista Literaria Monolito. In 2020 Balamkú received second place for the Juan Felipe Herrera Best Book of Poetry Award. In 2019 for the International Latino Book Awards she received Second Place for Hudson for “Best Book of Poetry in Spanish” and Second Place for Metztli for Best Short Story Collection. In 2018 for the International Latino Book Awards she received First Place for Lágrima roja for “Best Book of Poetry in Spanish by One Author” and First Place for Sin preámbulos / Without Preamble for “Best Book of Bilingual Poetry”. Her book of poetry Syllables of Wind / Sílabas de viento received the 2015 International Book Award for Poetry. She was Writer-in-Residence at Westchester Community College, NY, 2016-2019. Caraza was the recipient of the 2014 Beca Nebrija para Creadores, Universidad de Alcalá de Henares in Spain. She was named number one of the 2013 Top Ten Latino Authors by LatinoStories.com. Her books of verse Where the Light is Violet, Black Ink, Ocelocíhuatl, Conjuro and her book of short fiction What the Tide Brings have won national and international recognition. Her other books of poetry are Perchada estás/Perching, Ejercicio en la oscuridad / An Exercise in the Darkness, Corta la piel / It Pierces the Skin, Balamkú, Fără preambul, Μαύρη μελάνη, Le sillabe del vento, Noche de colibríes, and Corazón pintado. Caraza has been translated into English, Italian, Romanian, and Greek; and partially translated into Nahuatl, Portuguese, Hindi, and Turkish.
Carlos Cumpián is the author of four poetry collections: Coyote Sun (March Abrazo Press), Latino Rainbow (Children’s Press/Scholastic Books) Armadillo Charm (Tia Chucha Press), and 14 Abriles: Poems. His new manuscript is entitled Human Cicada. Cumpián has been included in more than thirty poetry anthologies, readings and workshops in the Midwest and Southwest USA. He worked public relations for the Chicago Public Library and an editor of small press journals and books from 1982 -2012 with March Abrazo Press. Cumpián has taught creative writing and poetry through community arts organizations including the National Museum of Mexican Art, and at Columbia College Chicago, University of Illinois-Chicago. Cumpián taught English and ESL for 23 years in the Chicago Public School and Charter school system. His most recent essay, “Learned to Read at My Momma’s Knee,” appears in With a Book in Their Hands: Chicano/a Readers and Readerships Across the Centuries (University of New Mexico Press, 2014). Cumpian is originally from San Antonio, Texas.
Brenda Cárdenas is the author of Boomerang (Bilingual Press) and the chapbooks Bread of the Earth / The Last Colors with Roberto Harrison; Achiote Seeds/Semillas de Achiote with Cristina García, Emmy Pérez, and Gabriela Erandi Rico; and From the Tongues of Brick and Stone and is currently finishing a new collection titled Trace. She also co-edited Resist Much/Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance (Spuyten Duyvil Press) and Between the Heart and the Land: Latina Poets in the Midwest (MARCH/Abrazo Press). Cárdenas’ poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Latino Poetics: The Art of Poetry; Kinship: Belonging in a World of Relations; Grabbed: Poets and Writers on Sexual Assault, Empowerment, and Healing; POETRY; Court Green; Through This Door: Wisconsin in Poems; Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Anthology; The Golden Shovel Anthology; The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry, and the Library of Congress’ Spotlight on U.S. Hispanic Writers, among others. Cárdenas served as the 2010-2012 Milwaukee Poet Laureate, co-designed and taught the inaugural (2014) master workshop for Pintura:Palabra: A Project in Ekphrasis sponsored by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Letras Latinas, and served as faculty for the 2021 annual writers’ retreat of CantoMundo, a national poetry organization that cultivates community for Latinx poets. She currently teaches Creative Writing and U.S. Latinx Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Raúl Sanchez is the current City of Redmond Poet Laureate. He teaches poetry in Spanish through the Seattle Arts and Lectures (WITS) program, also through the Jack Straw Educational Project. In the last three years he volunteered for PONGO Teen Writing at the Juvenile Detention Center. Recently, he translated Ellen Ziegler's book for the Museum of Antique Mexican Toys located in Mexico City. His forthcoming second collection "When There Were No Borders" released by Flower Song Books, McAllen Texas.
Assistant Editor for Magazine Production Somos en escrito Magazine is looking for a book lover with a passion for connecting with audiences and a goal of promoting and disseminating Indigenous-Hispanic literature. Responsibilities would be to aid in the production of our literary magazine, including searching for potential contributors, providing feedback and setting up features and reviews.
Assistant Editor for Social Media Responsible for improving our social media presence and engaging readers using various platforms, as well as contacting writers to know more of our magazine and Press as a place to submit stories, poems, essays and books. Meets regularly with editors to plan and implement a social media campaign.
Assistant Editor for Video Editing Somos en escrito Magazine is looking for a video whiz to aid in creating videos of Indigenous and Latino, Latina, Latinx literary performance and book trailers for our independent press.
Responsibilities will be to work with poets and writers to edit their videos for our YouTube channel and with authors for book trailers as well as videos for our interviews and panels.
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The jobs we seek to fill are volunteer unpaid positions, but the perks include gaining experience in online publication, applying your own writing skills in many aspects of the publication process including submitting your own writing for publication, contacting the amazing range of writers that comprise the literatura indígena-hispana of the USA.
HOURS: 5-20 PER WEEK WEEKLY STAFF MEETINGS
If applicable, Somos en escrito could provide college credit through an applicant’s university. In some circumstances, a student may take advantage of work-study programs at their schools.
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If you are interested, please email a one-page resume to email@example.com. Write down the basics, of course, but we’d like to know why you are interested in the job you are seeking, experience working with Native, Chicano and/or Latino/a/x community organizations or news/literary publishing, have you had a particularly challenging experience or success in that area, or what is intriguing about what we offer, maybe you have long-term goals in mind. We appreciate that you have read this far. That means you’re curious and may just check us out. Whatever you decide, we wish you the best in your future endeavors.
Somos en escrito is proud to announce that Álvaro Ramírez's book PostCards From a PostMexican is a finalist for the International Latino Book Awards.
Postcards from a PostMexican chronicles life in a transcultural world that is emerging in Mexico and the United States, the result of one hundred years of migrations, NAFTA, the Internet, and social media.
Postcards From a PostMexican is available through the Somos en escrito Tienda and at online resellers.
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 10.8.2021! Don't get your three hands stuck in the door! Submit now!
Like awoken crypt fiends and stasis cocoon astronauts, we all this year have emerged into the black of night or the warmth of the sunlit alien world once more. The Extra Fiction Contest is Emerging, our intention, our theme. While submissions may be of any Speculative, Slipstream, Magic Realism, Fantasy, Science Fiction, or Horror theme, we are keeping a few of our extra eyestalks out for anything EMERGING.
Contest submission is free and is open for any Indigenous-Hispanic person from or residing in the USA (of American Indian, Chicano/Mexican American, Puerto Rican, Cuban American, Dominican American, Central American, South American origin).
Manuscripts must be unpublished, in English, Spanish, or Ingléspañol. Put “2021 Extra-Fiction Contest” in the email subject line. Email Word format (.docx) unpublished submissions with short bio in third person and author’s photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. One submission per author, 6,000 word limit, contact us beforehand if the submission is over 6,000 words. Submission is free. Deadline is September 30, 2021. Science-fiction stories published in Somos en escrito during the year are considered for the contest.
Prizes: 1st place: $100 and a copy of Porvenir Ya!, Chicano Sci-fi Anthology (upcoming 2021) 2nd place: Copy of Porvenir Ya! 3rd place: Copy of Porvenir Ya! Two Honorary Mentions. All Finalists will have their stories published online in Somos en escrito Literary Magazine.